Indians By Jane Tompkins Summary

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Your Name Instructor name ENG 121-037 17 March 2011 Indians and The English Settlers Awhile ago, me and my family visit Seven Falls in Colorado Springs. Fortunately when we were there, there was an event going on. There was Indians dancer everywhere, and when we go up to the falls, we saw all of them gathering in one spot that looked like the main stage. Out of curiosity we watch them dancing and were pleased. That was my first time saw a real life Indians here. But why are the Indians live there? I know Indians supposed to be the first people in America, but why are their populations so little? What is the history behind all this? In Jane Tompkins essay “Indians’ : Textualism, Morality, and the Problem of History” she exploring the problems she encountered while doing historical research about Indians. Confused by a lot of biased accounts, she comes to a fact that because the angle of view of each historian is different, and all of them have their own perspective, it was almost impossible to reconstruct a factual account of what truly happened between the Europeans and Indians. She did research and gathering of fact of many historians including Perry Miller, who was blinded with his own perspective and can’t see the Indians. Alden Vaughan, the unreliable source since his racial biases exposed because of cultural changes…show more content…
I agree with some of the historians she chooses. Like Calvin Martin, he said the Indians do a fur-trade because of the holy war of revenge they are doing. Hunting animals is sacred to Indians, so when they hunt, they do a ritual first to connect with the spirit of the animals. Even in my own culture, we didn’t hunt just for fun or sport. We hunt for food and resources. In America, hunting is considered a sport, but not for the Indians. And since Martin said the keeper of the animal make the Indians sick, they go on holy war of revenge, and traded the fur of the animal to the English
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